The Grant Museum and the British Museum, London.
If you do not know the Grant Museum of Zoology, it is a wonderful…yet macabre wunderkammer of a museum full of animal skeletons and specimens in jars and cases. The students were awestruck by the incredible range of specimens…some of which are now extinct…a timely reminder of the damage that we have an are inflicting on our delicate planet. The year 12 students are working on a project called ‘Witness: Art, Animals and Us’. We are planning to enter their work for the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition. In the afternoon we went on to the British Museum on a quest for representations of animal across time and culture. The students worked amazingly hard and produced excellent drawings.
Flow’ Exhibition, Tonbridge School
Year 12 Fine Art students visited the Old Big School Gallery at Tonbridge School on Thursday morning. They were given an very informative interactive seminar by Sarah Pointon (Gallery Educator). The ‘Flow’ exhibition is really interesting; it presents artworks that are informed by process and manipulation of media, materials and space. The students were really engaged in discussion and visual exploration, understanding the subtleties of the work, which they found to be quietly challenging. A particularly interesting piece is the video by Solveig Settemsdal, which raises the question of what a drawing actually is…can a video be a drawing? (Answer yes, it won the Jerwood drawing prize in 2016…hmm or maybe it is a sculpture?). On returning to Hillview one of the classes immediately set about responding to the vitality of the exhibition in their own work. Just in case they are wondering 12B will be doing this next week!
We had two exciting events in Art & Design this week. On Wednesday international video and projection designer Nina Dunn took time out of her busy schedule to run a workshop for our students. Nina explained how her career in theatre and live events developed, introducing the students to the exciting possibilities of video and projection design as a future career path. The students were then introduced to creative exploration with light and projection. They really enjoyed and became engrossed in their light and image experiments. I do hope they realise how lucky they are to have such exciting input into their art education. You can see some of the spectacular things that Nina does on her website: https://somethinggraphic.net